It's not Jay Kornegay's job to make the Trail Blazers feel loved and appreciated every summer. It's his job to sit one block off The Strip at the Westgate SuperBook and foster sports-gambling action that divides the money wagered relatively evenly on both sides of a given bet. Kornegay is the Vice President of Race & Sports Book Operations for the Westgate SuperBook. He's the wisest of the wise guys, the sharpest of the sharps, all that. And so I reached out to him this week because the over/under regular-season win total for the Trail Blazers again came in on the conservative side and I had to ask a question on behalf of our city's NBA franchise. It's this: What did the Blazers do to offend
NBA analysts for NBC Sports are predicting the future and how individual players will be affected as they age...
Now the question is... When will people stop questioning Damian Lillard?
Portland Trailblazers receive: Kevin Love Cleveland Cavaliers receive: Hassan Whiteside Can it be that simple? The Cavaliers won't earn anything of substance back for Kevin Love, who has one of the NBA's most immovable contracts at four years, $120 million. Cleveland.com's Chris Fedor reported in July that the Cavs will require both young assets and draft picks to even consider moving the 30-year-old, but their blatant leverage play will fall flat. The miles on Love's body have taken their toll. On an expiring deal, Love would earn plenty of attention. But as it stands, the best the Cavaliers can hope to recoup is cap space. From Portland's perspective, Love is still useful. In 2018-19, he played
JR Smith has long been known for his on-court gaffes and boneheaded mistakes, but he played up that reputation during a pickup game this offseason against the Portland Trail Blazers star guard CJ McCollum. As you can see, this star-studded game also featured rapper J. Cole, but the major highlight was Smith getting the ball on the wing, gripping it with two hands and refusing to dribble as he cruised his way to the basket for an easy layup. Of course, there are traveling rules in place to prevent such an act occurring, but Smith was making a point that he believed McCollum had traveled on a previous possession. To make his point, Smith made sure to make his travel the most blatant it could possibly be.
Portland Trail BLazers superstar point guard Damian Lillard has recently opened up about his thoughts on the all-important work-life balance. In a recent tweet, the 29-year-old explained how making music has actually helped make him a better player overall. “Since I started putting out music and taking it seriously I have been better as a player. It's balance,” he says. Lillard, aka Dame D.O.L.L.A., recently came out with his third studio album, which has actually gotten some rave reviews all around. While there are some who might consider this to be a distraction for the four-time All-Star, Lillard claims that it is actually quite the contrary. Dame did not go into detail as to how this hobby
Pelicans-Trail Blazers may not instantly register as a marquee matchup in the minds of many NBA fans, but it's become an under-the-radar attractive option for broadcast networks – three of the four meetings will air on national TV this season (TNT also carried one early-season tilt at Moda Center in '18-19). The clubs met in the first round of the '18 playoffs, a memorable 4-0 sweep for New Orleans, but a forgettable outcome for Portland. The Trail Blazers answered with a 3-0 sweep of the Pelicans during the subsequent regular season. Eleven of the Pelicans' first 14 games are against opponents that qualified for the '19 playoffs, a stretch that concludes with this Nov. 19 contest. In fact, among
Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard has professed his loyalty again and again over the years. In an interview with Adam Caparell of Complex, Lillard explained his loyalty and how that is opposite to his peers who are teaming up left and right: “To leave, what did I invest all this time for just to leave, you know?” he says. “If I go play with three other stars, I don't think that many people would doubt that I could win it. We would win it, but what is the challenge or the fun in that?” Lillard appreciates the organization coming to him for input on roster moves, and it shows that the team values his opinion: “Once they started bringing me in and asking for my input and all of this stuff,
But do you remember former Portland Trail Blazers star Brandon Roy? The Blazers acquired the draft rights to Roy after he was selected with the No. 6 overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft, and Roy immediately flashed his star potential. The former University of Washington standout would win the Rookie of the Year Award in 2007 before being named to three consecutive All-Star teams between 2008 and 2010. Unfortunately, a number of knee injuries and degenerative arthritis would totally derail Roy's career, and he was eventually forced to retire after just six seasons in the NBA. This prompts the question: what if Brandon Roy had remained healthy? Top three shooting guard of the era The shooting guard
Portland Trail Blazers great and 1977 NBA Finals MVP Bill Walton will be back in the Rose City this weekend for a bike ride with fans ahead of the team's 50th anniversary season. The event, dubbed Bike with Bill and the Trail Blazers, is set to begin at 2 p.m. Sunday, with fans gathering at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum Commons. At 2:30 p.m., Walton and fans will set off for the bike ride to Terry Schrunk Plaza, where the Blazers' championship parade ended 42 years ago. After the bike ride ends there about 3:15 p.m., the Blazers say they plan a special announcement at 3:30 p.m., followed by live music at 3:45 p.m. from Grateful Dead cover band Garcia Birthday Band. During his playing days, Walton
Katie Heindl dropped by the Hoops and Talks podcast to discuss all things summer vacation: what makes a good NBA summer vacation? How important are summer friendships to the regular season? How does the summer vacation rating system work? Which players excel at relaxing during the off season? Is a beach workout a vacation or a workout? We explore the best vacations, the guys who don't know how to do it right, and all the areas in between. We find out that the Trail Blazers are one of the best teams at summer vacationing. Between talking to fish, sitting in infinity pools, hosting UNO tournaments and teasing Raptor fans with trips to Canada's Wonderland amusement park, the Blazers are having a